I kicked off my wildly ambitious crafting weekend last Friday with crocheting a dishcloth.
It's the Variegated Dishcloth from Dishcloths--not to be confused with this Variegated Dishcloth from this Dishcloths. There are only so many dishcloth pattern names out there and these are accurate descriptions. If designers named their dishcloth patterns like hurricanes, we'd be hopelessly confused.
That being said, I think I would name this dishcloth Susan. I don't know why.
Anyway, as you can probably tell from the picture, this is just made up of double crochet stitches edged with single crochet stitches.
That's pretty much it.
No working in the back loops, no color changes, no front post stitches--nothing. Just few rows of double crochet in some variegated yarn I've been wanting to use for a while now because it looks like the kind of yarn you'd see in a dishcloth in a kitchen with those big heavy crocks of pottery holding utensils. Maybe the kitchen would have a wooden goose on the wall. Some jelly jar-style juice glasses and honey in a bear bottle with a yellow cap. A verse of Scripture embroidered in pastels. Nothing exceptional or impressive, but nice. You could be happy in a kitchen like that (or I usually was, during my growing up years), just chatting with someone.
The night before I made this dishcloth, I messed up 3 separate projects. They weren't even especially complicated! But they apparently called for more attention than I could give, which was unsurprising in light of the week I'd had. Work was busy, money was tight, there was way too much to clean, and I had some silly thought I could get ahead with some gift knitting while watching Inspector Morse. You can't try new things while trying to keep track of all the murder and deception and British accents! It just can't be done!
So. After my sweet girl went to bed, I crocheted the Variegated dishcloth. The pattern calls for an I hook, but I used an H hook and I wonder now if I should have used a G hook. I'm not going to overthink it and take away from the enjoyment. It's still going to be a useful dishcloth, and it's the simplest dishcloth pattern I've ever crocheted. Ever. I would recommend it for a beginner crocheter, and I would recommend it even more strongly to a more experienced and burnt-out crafter who needs to just sit and think happy thoughts about homey kitchens and variegated yarn and the simple joys in life that can be some of the best. It was a great way to start my weekend.
And, it's a nice dishcloth!
I bet you could even work on it while watching Inspector Morse.